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Jul 10, 2014

Preparing Your Comic Book for Lulu.com Publishing

By Chongchen Saelee

I thought I’d write a quick cheat sheet on how to prepare your first comic book for Lulu.com publishing. This is for their US Trade paperback format of 6 inches by 9 inches per page. Your page count may vary. What you get with this setup is a color glossy cardstock cover, and black and white pages.

Setting up the interior pages

If you don’t intend to have any full page bleed artwork, you can setup your page template to be exactly 6 inches by 9 inches. Even then, make sure you set a safety margin of at least 0.125 inches so your content is properly visible in case it gets cropped off. more »

Jul 8, 2014

Eastfist Smoking Thinking He Look Boss

Eastfist Smoking 01

Eastfist Smoking 01

Eastfist Smoking 02

Eastfist Smoking 02

Eastfist Smoking 03

Eastfist Smoking 03

Eastfist Smoking 04

Eastfist Smoking 04

Eastfist Smoking 05

Eastfist Smoking 05

Aw, shucks. I guess I don’t look as cool as my hero Greg Brady when he does it:

Greg Brady looking boss smoking cigarette

Greg Brady smoking with his homies

Jul 8, 2014

The Life and Times of Eastfist

365+ selfies from Instagram for the year of 2014 + a twist

Jul 7, 2014

Lulu.com Self-Publish Comic Book Jackpot Bloom Printed Proof 2 Review

It’s half-way done, folks. Set some money aside to buy it when it’s completed in the next few months!

Jul 7, 2014

Batman V Superman Official Teaser Trailer Leak!!!

Jul 5, 2014

Sticky Rice: An Asian Treat

By Chongchen Saelee

EVERY Southeast Asian should at least have some exposure to sticky rice. You eat it with sauces, main dishes, you can put food into it, roll it, it’s portable, and it can be made into desserts. But this post, I want to show you my favorite foods that go along with stick rice.

Sticky rice

Here is my personal list of favorite foods that go along with sticky rice:

Warm Runny Eggs
Warm runny eggs

Pig Brains
Pig brains (not exactly what I'm talking about, but it resembles it)

Steamed Fish
Steamed fish

Steamed Chicken

Chili paste
Chili paste (not specific the kind I eat, but this is a very good example of the many varied kinds of chili pastes)

Fermented Bean Paste (Dop Say)

Mochi (which is just sticky rice) and Green Tea filling

Eggplant sauce
Eggplant sauce

Curry dishes
Curry dishes

Minced squirrel (lop)

Fresh barbeque or Kabobs

Jul 4, 2014

Blender 2.71 New Feature Freestyle NPR Rendering

Blender 2.71 Freestyle NPR Rendering

http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Dev:Ref/Release_Notes/2.71/Freestyle

If I read their update correctly, my reading comprehension was never that good, then Blender now has the ability to render out a 3D model into a convincing looking hand-drawn sketch. That doesn’t make sense to me. You’d have to model out the entire object before you get output that is a bunch of simple strokes.

The problem I have with it is that is should be the other way around. Much like ZBrush makes sculpting digital 3D models almost too intuitively, 3D modeling can be even easier if you could translate a line drawing into a fully 3D realized object.

So, that is the next challenge to master, Blender! I dare you!

Jul 2, 2014

$18 Million in Bitcoin!!!

Jul 1, 2014

Effects of a USD$10,000 Bitcoin

http://www.coindesk.com/will-10000-bitcoin-help-hurt-transactions/

By Chongchen Saelee

What would happen if the value of a single Bitcoin became USD$10,000? First of all, a lot of Bitcoin investors would get filthy rich. Second, they’d get rich for nothing as they can’t really spend it.

Maybe the real issue here is what fuels economy and what defines currency. Bitcoin is a valid currency and you can buy things. But is it secure? No. It’s not. At least with the US Dollar, one friggin dollar is still worth one friggin dollar. I don’t have to worry about not being able to use it at a vending machine.

Then how do you define currency? Currency implies that people control the current of their economy. They are the lifeforce or bloodstream of their ecosystem. If people aren’t happy or content or confident with their neighborhoods, cities, governments, then they won’t recirculate their currency, thus making their economy suck. For the most part, Americans don’t understand how to put value into the US Dollar because they live so comfortably. Maybe it’s something they take for granted. After all, the value of money is imaginary. Whatever you were going to do, you didn’t require money to do it, it’s just exists as a social construct. It’s almost like manifest destiny.

So if Bitcoin’s value ever goes up to $10,000, then it’s because the investors that created the hocus pocus game that is Bitcoin are afraid they will lose their fortunes in American dollars. So being the greedy fucks they are, they convert that magic imaginary monetary value into Bitcoins, because now that people that do control the value of American dollars cannot control the value of Bitcoins.

I think I know what I’m talking about. It has something to do with great empires minting their own coins and currency. That means in the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar should actually have his ape people pass around leaves or bark chips with his face drawn in poop on them. Then, when the heroic white man enters their forests looking for monkey magic water beer, then Caesar can say, “Your paper money is no good here, human. Caesar money is God in the jungle.”

Jun 30, 2014

Jackpot Bloom Cover Demo

Jackpot Bloom Cover Proof 2

Jackpot Bloom Cover Proof 2

This cover preview is a little more abstract. Although it’s a story for younger readers, I think this cover shows that there’s more creativity in the artmaking process, that it’s adults who make the magic.

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